Press Release -- April 2, 2015



Ellen Flanagan Kenny, Communications Associate Massachusetts Center for the Book 617-872-3718;

Libraries: Opportunity for All

The State House was filled with familiar faces on April 1 as librarians, educators and friends of libraries from across the Commonwealth converged on Beacon Hill for the 2015 Library Legislative Day.

As lawmakers head into budget hearings in April, a timely legislative briefing and overview of Massachusetts Library funding was presented.   Offering an occasion to network with colleagues and visit with Legislators to underscore the 2016 Legislative Agenda, the energy and message of the day was clear: the State House needs to hear from us that “Libraries provide opportunity for all.”

Along with the Massachusetts Library Association presenting its Legislator Advocacy Award to Representative Byron Rushing (D, Boston, South End), Senator Jason Lewis (D, Winchester) received the Massachusetts School Library Association Legislator Advocacy Award.  The annual Bookmark Contest Awards were also presented to Massachusetts school children by their respective teachers or librarians.

Representatives Kate Hogan (D, Stow), Paul Mark (D, Peru), and Byron Rushing spoke about the importance of public and school libraries, as well as the upcoming budget negotiations, at the luncheon.